We’ve all been there, that panicky feeling you get when you realise you’ve lost yet another one of your favourite earrings because the back has fallen off. Luckily, Tokyo/LA jewellery brand Chrysmela has created a simple solution to ensure this never happens again. Their innovative high-tech earring catches are designed to keep your earrings in place all day (and evening), and can hold even the heaviest of gemstone earrings.
Simply attach them to your earring post, replacing a conventional back, to automatically lock your earring in place. This patented creation uses high precision technology that’s found in smart phones and fine watches, and Chrysmela is the only high-tech lock-and-unlock earring back in the world. We chat to the brains behind this brand, Eri Kikunaga, who came up with the brilliant idea after breaking up with a boyfriend.
How did Chrysmela begin?
“Have you ever lost an earring? I came up with the idea after fighting and breaking up with a boyfriend over losing an earring he had gifted me. Realising how often people lose their earrings, I decided to solve the problem once and for all.”
How are your earrings made?
“All our jewellery is made in Japan with the same precision technology for smartphones and fine watches. Each back has its own serial number and is hypoallergenic with a surgical stainless steel mechanism. Our platinum and gold coatings have 99.9% purity.”
"I came up with the idea after fighting and breaking up with a boyfriend over losing an earring he had gifted me."
Are there any specific crafting techniques you use?
“Our design partner, Masaaki Takahashi applies the Japanese traditional art of YoseMono in order to create feather-light and brilliantly light-catching ear jackets. Handmade, one by one, his work is so delicate, with heirloom fine jewellery quality.”
Values are hugely important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?
“Security of emotional and financial investment in earrings for everyone. Grit to realise a dream. 200 high-tech factories told us it was impossible to make Chrysmela, but we found the solution in repurposed precision technology of smartphones.”
"200 high-tech factories told us it was impossible to make Chrysmela, but we found the solution"
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
“I want her to feel free to wear her favourite earrings no matter where the day may take her. She shouldn’t feel afraid to wear special occasion earrings on an everyday basis.”
What response have you received about your designs?
"When referring to our earring backs, People magazine said 'This might be the most genius jewellery invention ever!' and RealSimple said 'It might be our favourite Japanese import since sushi.'”
What does the future hold for Chrysmela?
“Some customers have said to us that Chrysmela backs should be on all fine earrings, and we agree! We'd also really like to work with talented jewellery designers to create ear jackets secured by Chrysmela.”
Chrysmela earrings and backs are available to shop on JewelStreet here.